The forty-nine photographic negatives which make up this collection are of downtown Missoula, Mont., flooding at the Buckhouse Bridge, the Ninemile House, Bannack Ghost Town, and the Paxson Murals in the Missoula County Courthouse. The dates range from 1908 to the mid 1970s, with the bulk of the images from the late 1920s.
Willard A. "Bill" Hartley, was born 22 Apr. 1907 and lived most of his life in Missoula, Mont. His parents were Austin and Bessie Hartley, originally from Woodstock, N.B., Canada. Bill was raised and educated in Missoula and Stark, Mont. In 1926 his family moved to Greenough, Mont., where he drove buses from Missoula into the Blackfoot River Valley until 1929 when he married Margaret Matthiessen, also of Missoula. The couple then moved to Great Falls and operated a service station until 1934, when they returned to Missoula with Bill working for the Anaconda Company. They had one daughter, Shirley (Wyckman). In 1944, the Hartleys moved to Saltese, Mont., and operated the Saltese Inn. In the late 1940s they returned to Missoula, purchased the Dorothy Apartments, and . Hartley worked for the local Caterpillar dealer selling heavy equipment in Missoula, Kalispell and Butte. Bill Hartley retired in 1972 and died in Missoula on 28 Feb. 1996.
The material described in this catalog record is located in the collections of the K. Ross Toole Archives, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana--Missoula.
Collection is open for research.
Materials in English.
Finding aid available in the repository and on the Internet.